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14x20" Arches hot press paper
Water-soluble crayons, graphite, ink

Click to view earlier version from February 2009

Work-in-progress shots

Close-up I ; Close-up II ; Close-up III

First instalment to the Android Series:






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Broken melodies
No more singing
No more laughing in the sun

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Only time will go on
River has its end
Our light was blown by the wind



River of Crystals
Music by Kenji Kawai


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It seems that without even conscious intention, I made this for the song, tying in with the theme I love so well, yet have tried time and again to portray with less than favourable outcomes:



We weep for a bird's cry,
but not for a fish's blood.
Blessed are those with a voice.




Also interesting is that self portraiture was not envisaged for this either, however the reference photo that my husband took of me had a certain look that I couldn't ignore, and ultimately, and I say this with deep humility... it just felt right.


I hope you will enjoy this as much as I did during its creation. This is the first of what I hope to be a very expansive android series, some of which will be revisiting earlier pieces.


Thank you so much for looking :heart: and thank you again Sam ^sphilr and my husband `zerocomplex for your patient guidance.


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:iconmhyre:
After watching it for a long time, the need of writing a critique obsessed my mind.

This is...wonderful. Emotion everywhere. Explosive sensations and then.. a stop in time.
"Broken Melodies", yes, that girl really needs to hold herself, because a fish will not help her a lot. Why ? Cold, the melody is broken and the balance too. But still, it feels so perfect. Is she having a swim in timespace ? We will never know, but it feels good to know she has some company. Company being the fish, and the flowers.
Hope and a deep look to the future are what is in her eyes, but we will never see what she is lucky to look at, even if her smile is emotionless. Please give that girl a chance to reach what she is wishing for, and let her fix those melodies.

Once again, this piece of art is another reason why everyone here in deviantART should +watch you, Katie !
I feel so proud to be one of them.
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Critique by leaf-lover Mar 3, 2010, 4:32:07 PM
I'll be honest, Katie, I actually struggle a bit with your work. Your talent is doutbless, if I had an eighth of your ability to draw with such fine detail and mix colours so nicely I would be proud but I'll admit that whether I really 'love' it or not is another question.

This piece, however, has somehow opened my eyes to your entire gallery in a way no other piece has before. Perhaps it's the faraway look you've managed to capture so well, or the sense of movement and wind in her flowing hair and the floating / falling flowers. The fish provides that surreal element I've always come to expect from you and which previously I was confused by, I can now just enjoy as 'part of the ride'. Whatever it is though, I find myself consistently coming back to this piece and marvelling at it, and more recently I've gone through many of your other pieces and noted not just the technical ability but also the emotions that they stir in me.

Somebody once told me that great art is often like a symphony; at first glance it may not be what you expect or enjoy, but the complexities enable one to revisit, review and ultimately grow as an individual. :heart:
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MischievousPooka Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Very pretty and nicely colored!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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fabric-fairytales Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Gosh, this is stunning! :heart:
I can't get over the details, they're amazing *o* You have a beautiful style! :tighthug:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, your comments are appreciated :love:
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:iconvictorior:
Victorior Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOVE THIS WORK!!!
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you dear! :)
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:iconreveriesian:
Reveriesian Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work! :heart:
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :rose:
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:iconmisbecoming:
misBEComing Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, i love this, it caught my eye when glancing at someones favourites, simply stunning artwork :)
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :)
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:icondizcreator:
DizCreator Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yau......very professional work... I like the robogirl design.. great ... it impressed me..
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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:iconvivi567:
Vivi567 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Beautiful. I really like the female, her hair and eyes are absolutely gorgeous and the picture makes you build a story in your head. Really really nice
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. This is one of my favourites, I'm very happy you enjoyed the piece :hug:
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:iconcfmarckx:
cfmarckx Featured By Owner May 4, 2011   General Artist
wooww this is great!
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :bow:
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:iconcfmarckx:
cfmarckx Featured By Owner May 4, 2011   General Artist
no probs :D
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:iconsilentplea:
SilentPlea Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011   Digital Artist
:faint::love: Love this!
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's one of my favourites :blushes:
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:iconyellowsmoke321:
yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful, I love the fine quality and coloring. very imaginative.
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is one of my favourite pieces, glad you enjoyed it!
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Pale-Amour Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very beautiful. I love the choice of colors, they just fit in very well with each other.

The fish is so cute looking too, I love the detail on it. Lovely work~ :meow:
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, it's one of my favourite pieces, and the fish was such a joy to paint :hug:
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:iconstrifechild:
strifechild Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student Artist
total awesomeness!!!!!!
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow:
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:iconcoby01:
coby01 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
wonderful work :clap:
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconstrawberry579:
Strawberry579 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this a very beautiful picture i love the color and the atompshere...i wish i could draw like that i mean more human like i draw chibis its no were near like what youve drawn
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug: My suggestion would be to start by drawing what you see. Having a good basic knowledge of human anatomy doesn't hurt either - [link]
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:iconstrawberry579:
Strawberry579 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thankyou and the human anatomy really helped :D
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NaMiKiTtIn Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Student General Artist
This is very beautiful. Her face seems to have the perfect mix of pain and longing emotions.
Oh, and the fish is cute too :3
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
haha the fish has kind of a smiley face :giggle: Thank you for commenting!
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NaMiKiTtIn Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student General Artist
welcomes ^^
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LeetOwl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is. Beautiful.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:blushes: Thank you so much.
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AngelinaBenedetti Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my favourite of your gallery! Because I love how you added the fish in this drawing! It is just gorgeous and very emotional! The girl has a touch of Ophelia mixed with technology! And I really like this!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's one of my favourites too, really happy you enjoyed this. Never thought of Ophelia but of course now I can see the relationship :)
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AngelinaBenedetti Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D:D:D:D:D
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joolz1337 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
WOW!
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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:iconflemhead:
Flemhead Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Student General Artist
This is beautiful :D
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug:
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:iconflemhead:
Flemhead Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student General Artist
:D
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:icontang526:
Tang526 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
The Goldfish is so cute
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I always thought he looked very cheerful :giggle:
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:iconfranklygraphicdesign:
FranklyGraphicDesign Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
very nice work!
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart:
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Doodlz18 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Artist
fantastic *o*
the colours look so beautiful
and I love every detail, especailly on the fish,
flowers and hair ^_^
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:iconsnowmask:
snowmask Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :) Glad you enjoyed this!
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:iconjinxine:
JinXine Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Bellissimo!
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